To find a whaling vessel, begin by searching its name in the Voyage or Vessel column in the Voyages database. If you do not know its name, search by whatever you have—a port, a master, a date—and browse the resulting set.
Once you have found a voyage for your vessel, note the VesselID. Clear all searches, then search for that VesselID in the VesselID column to find all records for the vessel.
Additional data columns
Note that there are several columns of Vessel information that do not appear in the Voyages data viewer by default. If you are researching vessels, use the Show/Hide button to show the columns that might be of interest to you, for instance, Vessel, Rig, Date built, Place built, Tonnage, End, Crew List, and Logbook Repository.
For each voyage listed for your vessel, the Logbook Repository column will contain codes for the repositories (museums, libraries) that hold copies of the voyage’s log books. These codes are defined on the Repositories of Logbooks page.
To find any available log book data and voyage tracks, note the VoyageID for any voyage listed for your vessel and search for it in the VoyageID column in the AWOL database.
To find any available crew lists, note the VesselID from your Voyages search and search for it in the VesselID column in the Crew Lists database.
Additional vessel information may be available in other online databases.
- For vessels registered in Connecticut (1789-1939), search the Connecticut Ships database on the Mystic Seaport research web site.
- It may be that your vessel also sailed on voyages that were not whaling voyages. For vessels from a port in the New London or the Salem customs district, the complete crew list databases can help you discover these voyages. New London crew lists and Salem crew lists are available for online searching on Mystic Seaport’s research web site.
- Vessel information is available for about 250 whaling voyages from San Francisco in the San Francisco Shanghaiers database on the National Maritime Digital Library web site.
- The Index of Ship Registers (1858-1900) contains annual information on commercial vessels. It is available for searching on the Mystic Seaport research web site.